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21. JAKE GARDINER

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Pos: Defence
Shoots: L
Height: 6'2
Weight: 170 lbs.
Born: 07/04/1990
From: Minnetonka, MN
Team: Minnetonka (MN-HS)
RANKINGS
TSN: 21
CSB: 23 NAS
ISS: 31
RLR: 29
McK: 20
THN: 39
Comparable: Trevor Daley

From TSN: The Minnesotan is considered one of the fastest skaters in the draft and that's a quality the scouts look for in today's game. One team, for example, has him rated in their top 10 prospects, so the chances of being selected much higher than 21 definitely exist. But persistent questions about the extent of his hockey sense – one scout said his brain doesn't work quite as fast as his feet – also suggest he could tumble to the lower part of the first round.

From NHL Central Scouting: Jake's biggest attribute is that he might be one of the best skaters in the draft – he is just a pure skater. He is smart with the puck, unselfish and he's careful. He's a greyhound right now, wiry, but he'll fill out.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 Minnetonka High School (Minnesota) 25 16 27 43 18

22. JOHN CARLSON

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Pos: Defence
Shoots: R
Height: 6'2''
Weight: 212 lbs.
Born: 01/10/1990
From: Natick, MA
Team: Indiana (USHL)
RANKINGS
TSN: 22
CSB: 17 NAS
ISS: 21
RLR: 37
McK: 16
THN: 30
Comparable: Mike Komisarek

From TSN: A big, strong, hard-shooting, hard-skating defenceman who will be playing with the London Knights next season.

From NHL Central Scouting: He runs the power-play from the top of the umbrella and he has a very heavy shot. He's a very self-assured kid and rightfully so -- he's a boy, yet in a man's body and very physically strong. He had all the tools – size, skill, physical presence and charisma.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2007-2008 Indiana (USHL) 59 12 39 43 72

23. JACOB MARKSTROM

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Pos: Goaltender
Shoots: L
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: 31/1/1990
From: Gavle, SWE
Team: Brynas (Swe Jr)
RANKINGS
TSN: 23
CSB: 1 EG
ISS: 3 G
RLR: 35
McK: 13
THN: 19
Comparable: Kari Lehtonen

From TSN: The Swedish netminder is a big, strong, athletic stopper who was outstanding last summer in the U-18 tourney. While he hasn't reached the level he hit last summer, he shows more than enough promise to be considered a first-rounder.

From NHL Central Scouting: Jacob covers the net well and plays with a lot of confidence. He plays the butterfly, but sometimes has a tendency to go down too quickly. He has an impressive, quick glove and he uses his size to his advantage.

Year Team GP W L OL GAA SV%
2007-2008 Brynas (Swe Jr) 22 - - - 2.00 0.931

24. THOMAS McCOLLUM

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Pos: Goaltender
Shoots: R
Height: 6'2
Weight: 170 lbs.
Born: 07/12/1989
From: Sanborn, NY
Team: Guelph (OHL)
RANKINGS
TSN: 24
CSB: 1 NAG
ISS: 2 G
RLR: 43
McK: 25
THN: 38
Comparable: Ed Belfour

From TSN: It was an up and down year for the Guelph Storm goalie, but the young American finished much stronger than he started and should be considered a solid bet to be taken in the first round. If not, it won't be long into the second round before he's chosen.


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